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Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

Exclusive Interview

Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

In this exclusive interview, Matsushiro Horiguchi, former ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, talks to Tokyo-based Bangladeshi journalist Monzurul  Huq and reflected on various aspects of bilateral relations that the upcoming visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bound to give a new impetus. What are the main outcomes that the Japanese side is expecting from this visit? It is epoch making that two leaders are meeting again only three months after they met last time in Tokyo at the end of May. Another milestone of the visit...

Cover Story

Published Date: August 22, 2014
THE DEADLY WORLD OF FAKE MEDICINE

THE DEADLY WORLD OF FAKE MEDICINE

Rajib was only two-and-a-half years old when he was murdered. More than two decades later, his grief stricken mother tightly clutches on to his picture, almost whispering, amid her tears, “This is all I have left of my son.” Masud had just learnt to walk a few days before he was killed. His brother...

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 22, 2014
PARLIAMENTARY DICTATORSHIP?

PARLIAMENTARY DICTATORSHIP?

The cabinet led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 4 approved the national broadcast policy, imposing restrictions on private television channels' news and other programmes. Three days after the approval, the government issued a gazette notification, ignoring a strong criticism against the policy from different quarters. The legality of the policy was...

Cover Story

Published Date: August 15, 2014
BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on 15 August 1975 remains testimony to the woeful absence of security around the president. All these years after the tragedy, the significant question remains: why were the intelligence agencies of the government in absolute ignorance of what was afoot? National Security Intelligence,...

  

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 15, 2014
SCUM POLICY

SCUM POLICY

Two weeks ago Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali had news to break. On July 20 he told journalists present at an inter-ministerial meeting at his secretariat office that a law was being formulated to make sure that the electronic media didn't have any freedom. He broke the news to warn journalists whom...

Cover Story

Published Date: August 8, 2014
A PRECARIOUS BALANCE

A PRECARIOUS BALANCE

A large number of people and some of the world's rarest species are dependent on the Sundarbans for their survival. But with increasing human intrusion and dependence on the forest, the ecological balance of the world's largest mangrove forest is at stake. Before emptying herself into the Bay of Bengal the mighty Ganges creates...

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Target: Dhaka

Target: Dhaka

If a government is able to keep the capital city under its control, the possibility for its survival remains high even in the face of vigorous agitations outside the capital by opposition parties. History tells us that the fall of the capital brings an end to a regime, opening the door for the...

Musings

Published Date: July 25, 2014
When Powerful Men Kill . . .

When Powerful Men Kill . . .

Benjamin Netanyahu is not the first politician or government figure to have taken pleasure in murdering innocent men, women and children. There was Ariel Sharon before him. On Sharon's watch, hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps were killed in 1982. And yet Sharon went on to become Israel's prime minister. The world simply forgot that he was a murderer, just as the world today ignores the criminality Netanyahu is applying in Gaza. Of course, there is the most notorious murderer of modern times in Adolf Hitler. He not only ravaged the countries his army occupied but also made sure that people who did not have what...

Fiction

Published Date: July 25, 2014
A STORY CAN CURE YOUR AILMENT

A STORY CAN CURE YOUR AILMENT

Shrief told Arif about the Pandooa, the river ghost. Arif laughed, 'How superstitious people are in this village!' Arif lived in the city of Patna. He had been visiting his native village Alipura after five years, where his uncle lived. Shrief, his cousin, a tall, fair Pathan, had spent all his 25 years in this...

Cover Story

Published Date: July 18, 2014
BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

Remember the Harvard University dropout, the guy with the neatly combed hair, a pair of specs and a smile glued to his face? A failed business called Traf-O-Data, his inexperience, endless doubt - nothing could stop this young man from chasing his dream and his passion for computer programming. The result of his...